Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Along with superstorm Sandy's hard lessons comes the challenge to move beyond the status quo and reinvent our energy future
Tuesday, January 8
by Ralph Izzo, chairman and CEO of PSE&G In wreaking devastation across New Jersey, superstorm Sandy challenged us more than any other natural disaster in PSEG’s 109-year history. We have faced many daunting storms before, but Sandy exceeded them all in size and destructive fury. Over a two-week period our employees, assisted by thousands of workers from 24 states and Canada, made more than 2.1 million electric service restorations -- a record for any utility in the country. About 48,000 trees had to be removed or trimmed and 2,400 utility poles repaired or replaced. On top of this, Sandy left us with a massive rebuilding task. We estimate the costs of restoring our distribution and transmission system at $250 million to $300 million as a …
Monday, November 12, 2012
PSE&G wants to know where tilted and unstable utility poles are so they can be replaced.
The region took a battering from Hurricane Sandy, and that includes the sturdy wooden poles that hold up utility and telephone lines. More than a few crashed down in the hurricane's wake. Many more are leaning dangerously over to one side or another from the high winds. PSE&G said since they began restoring service after the hurricane, they've replaced at least 2,500 utility poles and 1,000 transformers, as well as cut down more than 41,000 trees that were impairing their ability to get to electrical lines. If you have a crooked utility pole on your street, the company wants you to report it. Ralph LaRossa, the company's president and chief operating officer, said that anyone who notices a crooked utility pole should make it known to PSE…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Another big storm is due tomorrow. All the out-of-state electric crews helping PSE&G in NJ are going to be in the right place at the right time, come Wednesday.
Hurricane Sandy may help New Jersey survive the nor'easter scheduled to hit the state Wednesday. That's because, with all the Sandy power outages, PSE&G president and chief operating officer Ralph LaRossa called in the cavalry - that is, linemen and workers from other states who flooded into the state to help restore power. Just Tuesday, LaRossa spoke on a media conference call and trumpeted that the company obtained the services of another 600 linemen, coming in from Pennsylvania, just last night. "We got them to work quickly," LaRossa said. As of today, there are 3,900 outside personnel to bolster the 700 PSE&G workers trying to turn the power back on since Hurricane Sandy hit last week. LaRossa reported that 281,000 state residents are…
Friday, November 2, 2012
But company officials stressed they are doing everything to restore electrical power throughout the state.
Slow, but sure: that's the statement PSE&G wants customers without power to know about how they're gradually restoring service throughout their New Jersey energy territory. There are 690,000 still without electrical service in the four days since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Garden State. "That's too big a number from our point of view," said Ralph LaRosa, PSE&G chief operating officer who was on a media call to provide updates as to how the utility is progressing. Their areas of focus, LaRosa said, include restoring service to the four refineries in the northern part of the state. "We want to free up the bottleneck so gasoline can flow," he said. Electrical service was restored to ConocoPhillips and another refinery, which should …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
PSE&G is telling customers they won't have power back until Nov. 5.
PSE&G doesn’t know when you will have power. However, there is an explanation as to why you're told “Nov. 5” as the date to expect it back when you call the company's feedback line. Basically, the damage from Sandy was so great, the utility company simply doesn’t know. In fact, according to PSE&G's twitter feed, the company isn't even giving details on specific outages. “Hurricane Sandy has caused unprecedented damage, twice as much damage as Hurricane Irene. Many of our facilities were flooded by coastal surges, water-logging our equipment and making our stations and facilities difficult to access,” said a statement from PSE&G. Under normal circumstances, PSE&G knows how long it takes to respond to reports of problems and restore service…
Monday, October 29, 2012
The utility is saying that customers who lose power may be without it for a week or more.
PSE&G is reporting about 4,000 customers without power in the early stages of Hurricane Sandy. The majority – about 3,000 – are located in the utility’s southern counties of Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester. The utility provides electric service to 2.2 million customers. The utility is urging customers to prepare for the possibility of lengthy outages – perhaps seven days or more -- due to the enormity of Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters predict may become the worst storm to hit the Northeast in 100 years. It may take until Wednesday until a full assessment of the storm’s damage can be made and the utility can more accurately predict when full restoration can be made. Other news in the latest PSE&G update from the company:
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The utility is getting equipment and manpower in place to help with power disruptions during Hurricane Sandy.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
After the difficulties experienced when Hurricane Irene hit the area in 2011, PSE&G is assuring customers that they have the manpower, equipment and plan in place to make sure things go smoothly when Hurricane Sandy hits the area. According to the utility company, PSE&G is closely monitoring the track of thke storm and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to its service territory. In anticipation of the storm, the company is taking the following steps to ensure that it is ready to respond to what may be widespread power outages: Clearly, a storm like Hurricane Sandy has the potential to interrupt service, said PSE&G. High winds might cause trees to brush up against power lines, and …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Instead of starting work on $790 million project before getting final approval, how about clearing trees along power lines?
Construction has begun on Public Service Electric and Gas Co.'s transmission line upgrade through Northwest New Jersey. That would seem to be slightly premature, as the National Park Service still technically has not given final approval for the work—upgrading the existing 230-kilovolt transmission line for about 45 miles, adding 500 kilovolts onto towers that would be as tall as 195 feet in some cases. The park service's approval is only for its property, but it is still critical, given the line runs smack through the Delaware Water Gap. And while the NPS won't make a final decision for at least a month after releasing its environmental impact statement—expected sometime this month—its approval appears to be a given. Still, it has not …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Trucks exempt from weight restrictions on Davidsons Mill Road as they are making local deliveries.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Residents of Davidsons Mill Road are advised to expect large trucks operating on the roadway through Saturday. South Brunswick Police's Traffic Bureau sent out an alert that Carbon Express Trucking has been contracted to remove fluids from the PSE&G switching station on Davidsons Mill Road. The job will run through Sept. 8 and there will be tractor trailer tankers traveling from the switching station to Route 535 and the NJ Turnpike. The trucks will be accessing Davidsons Mill Road from Route 535. The tankers are expected to make approximately 9 trips each day. The trucks are exempt from local weight restrictions on Davidsons Mill Road due to the fact that they are making local deliveries.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Several roads in South Brunswick impacted by heavy rain and wind.
July 27 8:30 a.m. All roads in South Brunswick affected by last night's thunderstorm are now reopened. Culver Road was closed between Georges Road and the train tracks due to a snapped utility pole. Taylor Road at Jefferson Court was closed due to a downed wire lying across the roadway. Finnegans Lane at Route 27 was reduced to right turn only due to a traffic light outage. *** July 26 11 p.m. A powerful thunderstorm passing through the area has left thousands in Middlesex County without power and caused a road closure in South Brunswick. Culver Road has been closed between Georges Road and the train tracks due to a snapped utility pole. South Brunswick Police said there is currently no estimate available for when the pole will be fixed. …